ALPHARETTA 38, SOUTH FORSYTH 16: Raiders take region lead behind King’s big night

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The Alpharetta Raiders took early control in the Region 6-AAAAAA

standings, defeating South Forsyth 38-16 at home last Friday night, Sept. 27.

After two weeks of region play, the Raiders are the lone unbeaten team in the region (2-0, 3-2 overall). Alpharetta scored on each of its first four possessions against the War Eagles (1-1, 4-1), who closed within 24-16 in the third quarter after two touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions.

But the Raiders responded with an 80-yard scoring drive and added another touchdown later in the third quarter to put the game away.

Alpharetta quarterback Austin King had a big night, completing 21 of 27 passes for 393 yards and three touchdowns. He connected with Andre Harton for 90 yards for the game’s first touchdown, and teamed up with Andrew Wilson for a 45-yard TD to make it 17-0 late in the first quarter after Thomas Waller kicked a 30-yard field goal.

Miles Smith scored on a 5-yard run to put the Raiders ahead 24-0, but the War Eagles closed within 24-8 in the second period and stopped a late Alpharetta drive before halftime. South Forsyth drove to a touchdown to start the second half, but King scored on a 1-yard sneak to cap the Raiders’ answer, and hit Daniel Clements for 44 yards and a touchdown later in the period.

Harton finished with five catches for 185 yards and Clements had six receptions for 95 yards. Lem Cobbs and Smith combined for 80 yards on 15 attempts to lead the Raiders’ ground game.

“We did a good job of protecting the quarterback and played pretty well early on offense,” Alpharetta coach Jason Dukes said. “They did a good job of making some changes on defense, but we got things rolling offensively again.”

Chase Stratton and Bryce Grauss keyed the Alpharetta defensive effort, which limited South Forsyth to 10 completions in 30 attempts and stopped the War Eagles 11 times on third down and three times on fourth down.